Police In Brazil And Bolivia Agree To Joint Fight Against Organized Crime
By Dialogo February 19, 2009The Federal Police of Bolivia and Brazil signed an agreement Wednesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation in combating organized crime, including actions against drug trafficking, money laundering, and weapons smuggling. The Convention on Police Cooperation Strategy of 2009 was signed by Luiz Fernando Correa, the general director of the Federal Police (PF) of Brazil, and General Wilge Abel Obleas, the National Planning Director of the National Police of Bolivia, in Campo Grande in the of state Mato Grosso do Sul. According to a note from the PF, police hierarchies of both countries agreed to "perform a series of actions aimed at combating organized crime, principally drug trafficking, arms trafficking, money laundering, and related crimes." It emphasizes the actions of "logistical support" for joint or isolated operations, training agents, and the exchange of intelligence information in the fight against organized crime. The police corps from both countries will evaluate the possibility of appointing Brazilian federal police officers to act as "official links" to the Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking in Bolivia. Moreover, Bolivia is committed to carrying out operations aimed at the "eradication of marijuana and excess coca plants in their territory" with the help of logistical support from Brazilian officials. The agreement, which is valid for one year, includes technical visits and missions to enhance joint investigations and exchange data relating to laws against drug and weapons trafficking and money laundering.